READER BULLETINS: Sept. 13-19, 2018

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The Rutland County Community Justice Center at BROC Community Action is offering a training to new and prospective volunteers for our Reparative Restorative Justice Panels. The training will be held on Thursday, September 13 from 9 a.m. 3:30 p.m. at 45 Union Street, Rutland.
As a member of a panel, community volunteers work short-term with non-violent offenders to help them understand the impact of their crime and create a contract to repair the harm done to the victim and community.
To RSVP and get more information contact Cara Tomasini at 802-665-1710 or
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BROC Community Action is offering two workshops in September at their 45 Union Street, Rutland facility. Thursday, September 13, join business counselor Annette Hoyle for Introduction to Starting a Micro Business. If you have ever thought about becoming your own boss, turning a hobby into a business, or if you have started a micro business and need some guidance, this workshop is for you. Annette can help point you in the right direction to your success. 9 a.m. to noon. Register by contacting Annette at 802-665-1744 or
Wednesday, September 26 join instructor Shelley Faris for Savvy Spending Solutions — Financial Capability Workshop and learn how to get control of your money and make it work for you, as well as how to stretch a dollar. 10 a.m. to noon. Register by contacting Shelley at 802-665-1742 or
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RCAS will sponsor a trip to Putney Mountain on September 15 to hike, hawk watch, and seek unusual plants. Car pool from Dick’s in Rutland at 8 a.m. and return in the afternoon. Bring a bag lunch, water and insect repellent; wear appropriate clothing and shoes for climbing a 1,600 ft. mountain. Call 287-9338 for more info.

Billings Farm & Museum will host Traditional Craft Saturdays in September, from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., where visitors can explore a series of Vermont crafts through informal learning and discovery.
Saturday, September 15 – Hand-Thrown Pottery with Georgia Donnelly of Farmhouse Pottery. Georgia Donnelly started making pottery in high school and apprenticed with a small studio to perfect her craft. She later became a production potter for Simon Pearce. She will demonstrate wheel-thrown pottery and share hands-on opportunities with visitors.
Saturday, September 22 – Rug-Hooking with Stephanie Allen-Krauss of Green Mountain Hooked Rugs. Stephanie was only six when she learned to hook from her mother, a nationally recognized rug-hooking teacher. This family tradition began with Stephanie’s great–grandmother, who created and stamped embroidery and rug patterns at her shop in Lowell, Massachusetts from 1865 to 1882. As a fourth-generation rug hooker, Stephanie learned to dye wool fabric and repair antique hooked rugs. In 2010, Stephanie received the Governor’s Heritage Award as best traditional artist in Vermont. She will have many of her rugs on display and will be demonstrating and discussing this historic craft with opportunities for visitors to try their hand at hooking.
Admission to Traditional Craft Saturdays includes the operating dairy farm, farm life exhibits, tours of the farm manager’s house, plus programs and activities. Find more information online at or by calling 802-457-2355.

Vermont Great 2,4,6,8K Run & Walk
The Vermont Great 2,4,6,8K Run Walk benefits the Palliative Care program at Rutland Regional Medical Center and the Green Street Challenge by Come Alive Outside, which will bring green grass and outdoor games and activities to Center Street for children & families of all ages and abilities to enjoy.
New to Downtown Rutland this year is the Cairo Shriners Parade, which will take place at 2 p.m. and will follow the same route as the annual Loyalty Day parade. Rutland is the location for the 2018 Northeast Shrine Association Fall Field Days, which features friendly competitions among units.
Other notable events in Downtown Rutland this weekend include a pre-run or walk stretch session hosted by Rebekah Robichaud of Live Love Yoga on the grass at 9:30 a.m., a “Treasures Galore” sale at BROC to benefit the New Story Center, a book signing for “Backroads & Byways of Vermont” at Phoenix Books, a tabletop board-game competition at Black Moon Games and the Downtown Summer Farmers Market.
Center Street will be closed to traffic starting at 6 a.m. on Saturday and will reopen at 6 p.m. For more information on how to register for the Vermont Great 2,4,6,8k Run & Walk, please visit this link. If you have any questions please contact Russ at or Traci at

Sunday, September 16 at 1 p.m., enjoy a leisurely guided walk to explore the history and views from the Lake Champlain Bridge. This “Points of Interest” guided bridge walk is offered by the Chimney Point State Historic Site in Addison, Vermont, and Crown Point State Historic Site in Crown Point, New York. Site administrator Elsa Gilbertson (VT) and Thomas Hughes, historian and president of the Crown Point State Historic Site (NY) friends group, lead the tour.
Meet at the Chimney Point State Historic Site museum on the Vermont end of the bridge to start. Allow at least two hours for this walk back and forth across the bridge. Learn about the historic and archaeological importance of this crossing and beautiful location on Lake Champlain.
The fee is $6 for adults, free for children under 15, and includes admission to the Chimney Point and Crown Point museums. Wear a hat and bring water.
The Chimney Point State Historic Site is located at 8149 VT Route 17, at the Vermont foot of the new Lake Champlain Bridge. Call 802-759-2412 for information. The site is regularly open Wednesdays through Sundays through October 14, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Crown Point State Historic Site is located at the New York foot of the bridge. Call 518-597-3666 for the Crown Point museum.
For information about Vermont’s state-owned historic sites, visit: Join the Vermont State Historic Sites conversation on Facebook.

American Legion Auxiliary Meeting
Monday September 17, 5 p.m. Executive Committee meets; 6 p.m. Bring brown bag food; 6:30 p.m. Regular Meeting for all members.

Rutland Regional Medical Center is offering Chair Aerobics, Tuesdays and Fridays, September 18 – October 5, from 4:30 – 5:30 p.m, in the CVPS/Leahy Community Health Education Center at Rutland Regional, 160 Allen Street, Rutland.
The class, instructed by Allyson Taggart, will focus on strength, endurance and flexibility by using a chair as a platform for workouts. The class is suitable for most beginner levels, and geared toward those who are disabled, recovering from an injury, experiencing joint problems, and/or have difficulty performing exercises that require standing, walking or running for any length of time.
Each class will open with an introduction on a topic, a review of the exercises, a workout and a take-home exercise assignment. Topics covered throughout the course will include shoulder mobility/flexibility, endurance and isometric exercise, balance and core strength, and education on the health benefits of aerobic exercise.
Cost for this course is $15. Registration is required. For more information or to register call 802-772-2400 or visit

Become an exhibiting member of the Brandon Artists Guild. Join a vibrant community of 30+ Vermont artists and artisans, exhibit at the Guild gallery in downtown Brandon, and participate more fully in Vermont’s creative economy. Vermont artists and artisans in all media are invited to apply online by Wednesday, September 19 at

Are you looking to find more inner peace and balance in your life? Chanting HU has helped people from all backgrounds throughout time to find inner healing, strength and expanded awareness. All are invited to experience the HU at the Rutland Library, located at 10 Court Street in Rutland, on Wednesday, September 19 at 5:30 p.m. You are welcome to chant out loud or simply listen, whatever is right for you. The chants last about 20 minutes, followed by brief contemplative time and conversation with others of like heart. Hosted by Eckankar, a spiritual teaching that provides simple exercises for people of all faiths, traditions and walks of life to develop and deepen a conscious and practical relationship with spirit. More info: or 800-772-9390.

Do you play a string instrument? Join the Lakes Region Strings Program on Fridays from 4:30 – 6:15 p.m. starting September 21 at Trinity Church, 85 West Street, Rutland. We welcome violin, viola, cello and bass musicians ages 8-18 with at least one year of experience. There is a fee to participate. For more information email or call 802-353-2790.

155 species have been recorded at this Important Bird Area (IBA). Join us September 22 for the 3.7-mile loop around the marsh (dirt and paved roads) or go halfway. Kids, new birders and non-members welcome. Learn from our friendly bird experts. Meet at the marsh boardwalk on Marble Street at 8 a.m. Contact

The Vermont Farmers Food Center is pleased to announce our 4th Annual Harvest Festival, which is our primary fundraiser for the year, on Sunday, September 23. We’ve planned a wonderful late afternoon of fun, food and community. There will be a cash bar, music, a family-style dinner and dessert, community awards and auctions. Harvest Festival is not only a celebration of achievement and thanks to our farmer and vendor partners and thousands of volunteers who have turned a days-gone-by industrial park into a vibrant community-economic engine, it is the primary way VFFC continues to sustain and grow our exemplary work involving local produce and healthy living, and maximize our impact on Rutland’s regional economy and the beneficiaries whom we serve. Child care will be provided. Please visit our Facebook page for wonderful silent auction items and bidding. Tickets are $40 for adults, and $20 for children ages 6-12. Tickets are available on the website at

Tuesday, September 25, College of St. Joseph will team up with the Vermont Women’s Fund to present a free screening of “Dream, Girl,” a feature-length documentary film showcasing the stories of inspiring and ambitious female entrepreneurs. Doors open for networking at 5:30, and the film begins at 6 p.m. The event takes place in CSJ’s Tuttle Hall Theater. College of St. Joseph is located at 71 Clement Road in Rutland.
Following the film, CSJ President Jennifer Scott will lead a Q&A panel discussion with four local women entrepreneurs: Paige Carrara, owner of Blush Salon & Beauty Lounge; Leslie Doenges, co-owner of Vermont Sport & Fitness; Whitney Lamy, founder of Castleton Crackers; and Rebekah Wall, owner of Live Love Yoga. Refreshments will be served following the panel.
“Dream, Girl” follows several extraordinary female entrepreneurs in a variety of industries from startups to billion-dollar companies in 3-D printing, publishing and fashion. The film was originally funded on Kickstarter and raised over $100K in 30 days. The film’s producers Erin Bagwell and Komal Minhas were also named to Oprah’s SuperSoul100.
For more information, or to register, go to

14th Annual Harvest Fair, Saturday, September 29, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. at Pittsford Village green. Only handmade, homegrown items by local artists and crafters. Basket raffle & bake sale.
Jack-o’-lantern decorating contest hosted by the Marble Valley Pittsford Grange, win prizes and trophies. Contact: Beth Richards, 773-2843,
Pittsford Village Farm Flea Market, Saturday, September 29, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., 42 Elm Street, Pittsford. Bring your own tables, tents, chairs. $15, pre-registration for table space not required. Contact: Donna Wilson, 345-0970,
Maclure Library Annual Book Sale, Saturday, September 29, 9 a.m. 840 Arch St, Pittsford., 483-2972

Slate Valley Brew Run to benefit Haynes House
A new 10K and 5K fall foliage run/walk, the Slate Valley Brew Run, will take place on Saturday, Oct. 6 at Veterans Park, Quaker Street, Granville, New York. The event benefits the Haynes House of Hope, a comfort-care home for the terminally ill.
This event partners with the new Slate Town Brewing Company and Hicks Orchard’s Slyboro Ciderhouse. The first 125 registrants for the race will receive a pint glass with the race logo. Over-21 participants will get a coupon for a free pint of craft beer at Slate Town Brewing Company on Main Street in Granville. Hicks Orchard and Slyboro ciders will also be available.
Races include a 10K at 8:30 a.m. which goes into Vermont and concludes along the Rail Trail; a 5K run/walk at 10 a.m. that covers village streets, the Rail Trail, and a covered footbridge; and a 1-mile Kids Run at 9 a.m. Pre-registration is $30 for the 10K, $25 for the 5K, and free for youth under age 13 in the Kids Run. Runners can pre-register for both the 10K and 5K for just $30. Race-day registration fees will be $35 for the 10K and $30 for the 5K. Professional timing will be by Underdog Race Timing.
First-place finishers in the 10K and 5K will receive Telescope directors chairs with the race logo, donated by the Granville Lions Club. A custom-designed race logo medal will be awarded to the top three finishers in each age group.
This year’s event will also feature a Corporate Challenge for local businesses who field teams for the 5K. Trophies will be given to the corporate team that finishes first and to the team that raises the most funds for Haynes House.
Online pre-registration is through and is open until Oct. 3. A printable registration form is available at For more information, email or call race director Peter O’Brien at 518-321-9640.

When shoulder pain interferes with your ability to perform daily tasks like driving a car, carrying groceries, hitting a tennis ball or swinging a golf club, it might be time to consider various treatment options. One of those options being a total shoulder joint replacement.
Join Dr. Eric Marsh, MD, surgeon with Vermont Orthopaedic Clinic, for a discussion on the best diagnostic tools, treatments and surgical options to improve the range of motion in your shoulder. This program is free and will be held Wednesday, October 24, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m., in the CVPS/Leahy Community Health Education Center.
For more information and to register call 802-772-2400.